Imagine that you are approaching an intersection but are unable to read the street sign until you are right in front of the intersection. If this scenario is familiar to you, then you may have myopia, otherwise known as nearsightedness. Although this may sound like a minor condition, untreated myopia can increase the chances of developing serious eye conditions. At Warm Springs Optometric Group in Fremont, our optometrists can perform a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose and treat myopia.
The Symptoms and Causes of Myopia
Myopia is commonly caused by having an abnormal eyeball structure. Most often the culprits are a long eyeball or curved cornea which causes blurred vision due to objects focusing in front of the retina rather than on it. There are two main types of myopia, high myopia and degenerative myopia. Although the most common symptom is blurred vision at a distance, you can also experience tired eyes, headaches, and strain on the eyes.
The Risks of Untreated Myopia
While myopia may seem to be a common, relatively minor eye condition, if it is left untreated it will progressively become worse. If the severity level of your myopia is high, your macula could tear leading to bleeding in the retina, loss of vision, and blindness. Even people will moderate levels of myopia have increased risks of developing eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and detached retinas.
Diagnosing and Treating Myopia
Myopia may sound scary especially since needing to read a book up close may be your only symptom. However, the good news is that myopia is easily diagnosed and treated. Although many people seem to forgo their annual eye exam and attempt to make the best out of living with myopia, this is ill-advised. An optometrist can diagnose myopia and determine the severity of the condition by conducting a simple eye exam and refractive assessment.
Treatments for myopia are just as easy. Myopia can be counteracted with prescription glasses or contacts. You will also need to continue to see an optometrist periodically to monitor your eyes for the potential development of other eye conditions. Another treatment option is refractive surgery such as LASIK. This surgery can help to correct myopia and reduce the need to wear glasses.
Contact Warm Springs Optometric Group for an Eye Exam in Fremont, CA
Don’t let your nearsightedness go any longer! If you live in the Fremont area and struggle with myopia, contact us at Warm Springs Optometric Group today at (510) 490-0287 to book an appointment. We offer the latest in technological advances and are dedicated to changing the way that people view the world.